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PH 402A / PH 452A

Course Co-ordinator: Dr R Re Manning

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): In academic year 2011/12 this course will run in the first half-session as PH 402A.

This course will not be available in 2012/13.

This course studies the major problems of religious metaphysics as they have been handed down to contemporary philosophy of religion from the Enlightenment era. Taking Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as its starting point, it first provides a close, critical examination of Kant’s own reworking of the notions of ‘God’ and ‘soul’, and of his rejection of the classical arguments for God’s existence. It then provides a systematic account of the major responses to, or evasions of, Kant’s challenge in the 20th and 21st centuries amongst those philosophers of religion who have sought either to repristinate theological metaphysics, or to give philosophical credence to God‐talk by means of other, ‘post‐metaphysical’, strategies of defence.

One 90 minute lecture, plus one 90 minute tutorial for Level 3 students, plus one 90 minute student-led seminar for Level 4 students per week. (Thus, each student will have 3 contact hours per week.)

Tutorials/seminars begin in week 2.

1st attempt: One 3,500 word essay (50%) plus 1 two-hour exam (40%) plus seminar presentation (10%).